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  • INSIDE THE AMERICAN MOB

  • Monday 2 November 2020 at 11:00AM
  • National Geographic

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By 1970, the American mob is the most powerful criminal enterprise in the United States, a sprawling empire of crime, power and violence. It is so powerful and secretive that law enforcement struggles to make an impact, leaving mafia business untouched and most family bosses free to act with impunity. But, in 1971, mob boss Joe Colombo is so brazen that he takes on the FBI itself, picketing the offices in New York and launching the Italian American Civil Rights League to protest government harassment of his people. Other bosses don’t like the publicity, and Colombo is shot and mortally wounded at his own rally, but not before he gives the FBI a chance to identify and photograph members of the organization. That marks the beginning of a sea change in the mob as a new generation of gangsters and law enforcement officials go head to head in the streets of New York City.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Inside the American Mob: Rise & Fall Of Gotti
    It is 1986, and in the wake of the Commission Case, most of the mafia family bosses are in jail so its every man for himself.
  • Inside the American Mob: Stayin' Alive in 70s
    In the early 1970s, a hidden empire of crime, violence and power ruled the streets of New York City. The five families of the American mafia ruled, and the family bosses were untouchable.
  • Inside the American Mob: End Game
    It is 1993, and the American mob has reached a low point. The heads of most of the five families have been imprisoned for life, and the families themselves are in disarray, torn apart by violence and suspicion.
  • Inside the American Mob: New York Philly War
    In 1980, the five families of New York City continue to run the American mob with an iron fist and a million scams. But one of the most successful and enduring mob families in America is in Philadelphia, an organized crime operation run by an old school don named Angelo Bruno. In 1980, Bruno is assassinated, and a bloody new era begins. The Genovese family want a cut of the action in the newly booming Atlantic City, and their man on the shore is a ruthless gangster named Nicodemo Little Nicky Scarfo, who rises through the ranks after Bruno is killed. Phil Testa takes over the Philly family, but, within a year, a bomb detonates on his porch, blowing him to pieces. Scarfo becomes the boss, and his number two is his nephew, Philip Crazy Phil Leonetti, a hit man raised from childhood to be a cold-blooded murderer.
  • Inside the American Mob: Stayin' Alive In The 70s
    In the early 1970s, a hidden empire of crime, violence and power ruled the streets of New York City. The five families of the American mafia ruled, and the family bosses were untouchable.
  • Inside the American Mob: Operation Donnie Brasco
    It is 1978, and American law enforcement is at war with the American mob. But for the first time, the FBI has a real chance to strike back. Their secret weapon, agent Joe Pistone, AKA Donnie Brasco, has infiltrated the Bonnano family and become close with known killers Lefty Two Guns Ruggiero and Sonny Black Napoletano. But when boss Carmine Galante is gunned down in broad daylight, Pistones life changes. Hes about to become a made man, but hell have to kill before he receives that honor. Over in the Colombo family, newly made man Michael Franzese is making huge money. Millions. But with big money comes a lot of attention, and he becomes suspicious of his own family -- matters take a turn for the worse when his own father betrays him.
  • Inside the American Mob: New York-Philly War
    In 1980, the five families of New York City continue to run the American mob with an iron fist and a million scams. But one of the most successful and enduring mob families in America is in Philadelphia, an organized crime operation run by an old school don named Angelo Bruno. In 1980, Bruno is assassinated, and a bloody new era begins. The Genovese family want a cut of the action in the newly booming Atlantic City, and their man on the shore is a ruthless gangster named Nicodemo Little Nicky Scarfo, who rises through the ranks after Bruno is killed. Phil Testa takes over the Philly family, but, within a year, a bomb detonates on his porch, blowing him to pieces. Scarfo becomes the boss, and his number two is his nephew, Philip Crazy Phil Leonetti, a hit man raised from childhood to be a cold-blooded murderer.
  • Inside the American Mob: Taking Down The Mob
    It is 1983, and a newly appointed US Attorney in New York City is reading a newly published autobiography in disbelief.
  • Inside the American Mob: Fighting The Mob
    It's 1983, and New York City's US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani is out to prove the existence of the Mafia Commission, demonstrate how it works, and take it down. Hell do that with state-of-the-art electronic surveillance; the infiltration of FBI undercover agent Joe Pistone in the Bonanno Family; and a Colombo informant named Greg Scarpa. Meanwhile in Las Vegas, the FBI's Operation Strawman aims to take down the Mafia's notorious Vegas casino skim.
  • Inside the American Mob: Becoming Boss
    In the 70s, an empire of crime runs city streets. And in the American mob, the boss rules. This empire remained hidden for years, until New York boss Joe Colombo takes the fight public - and pays the price. In the 80s, John Gotti, a Gambino captain aiming to become boss, kills his way to the top. In Boston, Irish mobster Whitey Bulger terrorizes the region with murder, racketeering, and corruption - until the day he's finally brought to justice.
  • Inside the American Mob: Going Undercover
    In 1978, law enforcement is at war with the mob. But the FBI has a real chance to strike when a new generation of agents enters the FBI, Italian Americans who grew up in the same neighborhoods as gangsters. One of those agents is Joe Pistone, AKA Donnie Brasco, who infiltrates a crime family for the first time in FBI history. In Providence, police detective Steven O'Donnell seizes the opportunity to go undercover in the Patriarca crime family.
  • Inside the American Mob: Escaping The Mob
    In the 80s the mob rules with an iron fist and a million scams. In New York's Colombo family, made man Michael Franzese is making millions. But with big money comes big attention, and matters take a turn for the worse when his own father betrays him. In the Chicago Outfit, Frank Calabrese Jr. wants out of the murder and loan sharking rackets his father, Frank Sr., brought him into. He decides the only way out is to betray his father - to the FBI.
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